John Durham Peters

John Durham Peters is the A. Craig Baird Professor in Communication Studies at the University of Iowa. He is the author of Speaking into the Air: A History of the Idea of CommunicationCourting the Abyss: Free Speech and the Liberal Tradition, and The Marvelous Clouds: Toward a Philosophy of Elemental Media.

John Durham Peters is also featured on the bonus CD track for Volume 47, where he talks about how the nineteenth-century rise of new communications technologies was related to various forms of spiritualism. 


Volume 131

Available for mp3 purchase
Guests on Volume 131: John Durham Peters, on understanding media as agencies of order, not just devices of information; Paul Heintzman, on how a biblical understanding of human spirituality can inform our concept of “leisure”; Richard Lints, on how the image of God and idolatry are inversely related; Peter Harrison, on how our current definition of “science” and “religion” represents novel conceptual categories; Francis J. Beckwith, on the widespread tendency to erect a wall between faith and reason; David L. Schindler & Nicholas J. Healy, Jr., on how the First Amendment is not as sympathetic to religious freedom as is commonly believed.


Volume 47

Guests on Volume 47: Christopher Clausen, on detachment from normative communities in a post-cultural age; Don Eberly, on the meaning of and challenges for civil society; George Weigel, on Pope John Paul II's theology of embodiment and sexuality; Luci Shaw, on poetry that reminds us that Christ's suffering shadows over the celebration of the Incarnation; Steve Wilkens, on Christianity and Western Thought: A History of Philosophers, Ideas, and Movements; David Harvey, on place and spaces, public and private; John Durham Peters, on the utopianism present in the modern idea of communication; and Masaaki Suzuki, on the ways in which Bach's music is a vehicle for the Gospel.